Who says there aren’t places in Charlotte for geeks to be geeks? The Queen City is loaded with spots where you can put on your best wizard’s robe and enjoy a Marvel comic book. From comic book events around the city (which also include coffee for the caffeinated Wonder Woman enthusiast) to watching jousts at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, there’s plenty for the recreational geek to enjoy.
Find your favorite superhero stories at local comic book stores.
If you’re looking to build your library of DC comics, look no further than Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and Parker Banner Kent & Wayne. Take a friend to peruse the aisles. Are you a DC person but your friend is Marvel all the way? Well, friendship isn’t always perfect.
Unleash the wizard within at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert.
Relive the magic of the first installment of the Harry Potter series at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will play the score from the first film while you enjoy the film on a giant screen. Take along your friends or niece or nephew who was too young to enjoy the Harry Potter series — and get them hooked on the books just like you did. October 20 through October 22.
Get tipsy (and schooled) at Discovery Place’s Science on the Rocks.
Every third Friday of the month, adults can have their science shaken, not stirred at Discovery Place’s Science on the Rocks. Imagine going to one of your childhood science field trips, but this time you can drink cocktails and hang with your friends without getting scolded by your teacher. Each floor of Discovery Place is filled with costume contests, bars and music from local radio stations. Third Friday of every month.
Get your geek trivia on at Thirsty Nomad Brewing Company
Are you a 90’s video game geek to the core? Form a team with your pals and head over to Thirsty Nomad Brewing Company for their 90’s video game trivia night. Use your expert knowledge of Mario World, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Mario Kart to win the night. Thursday, September 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grab a comic book and a cold brew at Comic Girl Coffee.
Every superhero needs a safe, inclusive space when they’re not fighting crime. Thanks to Comic Girl Coffee, you can find classic and queer-oriented comic books along with locally-sourced coffee. Founded by Lara Americo, a local and national transgender activist and musician, enjoy one of their pop-up events every Saturday at Petra’s. Their pour-overs and cold brew are already getting buzz, and you can get buzzed when you add a splash of whiskey to your drink from the bar. Comic Girl Coffee will have a soft opening of their permanent space on September 15 in Area 15 (across from Birdsong Brewery).
Joust and eat a turkey leg at Carolina Renaissance Festival
Whether it’s your first time or a friendship tradition, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is a bodice-ripping, sword-wielding good time. Catch jousting three times a day or chat with one of the 500 costumed characters over a turkey leg. Make a ding in ye ol’ credit card when you buy a Renaissance-inspired necklace your sweetheart will love. Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 30 through Nov. 19.
Camp it up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Concord Mills
Let’s do the timewarp again — and again and again. Grab your pals and head over to Concord Mills on the first and third Friday of each month for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at their movie theater. Maybe you saw Laverne Cox play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the recent TV adaptation of the show and haven’t seen the original. Gasp! We’ll need to fix that immediately so you can reclaim your true geek status.
Attend the Geekiest Halloween Party in the Carolinas
Don your best Halloween costume (we suggest Wonder Woman in honor of your crush on Gal Gadot) and head out to 2017 Geek Gala, where you can enjoy music, comedy, games and even prizes. The Muggles Market will also be returning to the fete, which is often called a “real life Etsy for Geeks”. Whether you bring a date or go stag, it’ll be a magical night to remember. Saturday, October 21.
Try your luck at the local gamer bars
Play more than 30 arcade games at Abari Game Bar while enjoying a craft beer, cocktail or house-made soda. Lucky’s Bar and Arcade is a celebration of 90s music, where you can challenge your friends to classic games on Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and Xbox. Your next birthday party will be a hit when there’s Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders and Marvel Super Heroes to be played.
Wear your best cosplay at HeroesCon, ConCarolinas, or Minefaire
You’ll have to wait until next summer for these conventions, but you can start planning your perfect cosplay outfit for HeroesCon, ConCarolinas or Minefaire. Better yet, get all of your friends to do your best Star Wars or Avengers group costumes for all those future Snapchat stories. Look out for registration early next year.